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The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy

Edited by: Magda Romanska

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415658492
eBook ISBN: 9780203075944
Adobe ISBN: 9781135122898

10.4324/9780203075944
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Book description

Dramaturgy, in its many forms, is a fundamental and indispensable element of contemporary theatre. In its earliest definition, the word itself means a comprehensive theory of "play making." Although it initially grew out of theatre, contemporary dramaturgy has made enormous advances in recent years, and it now permeates all kinds of narrative forms and structures: from opera to performance art; from dance and multimedia to filmmaking and robotics.

In our global, mediated context of multinational group collaborations that dissolve traditional divisions of roles as well as unbend previously intransigent rules of time and space, the dramaturg is also the ultimate globalist: intercultural mediator, information and research manager, media content analyst, interdisciplinary negotiator, social media strategist.

This collection focuses on contemporary dramaturgical practice, bringing together contributions not only from academics but also from prominent working dramaturgs. The inclusion of both means a strong level of engagement with current issues in dramaturgy, from the impact of social media to the ongoing centrality of interdisciplinary and intermedial processes.

The contributions survey the field through eight main lenses:

  • world dramaturgy and global perspective
  • dramaturgy as function, verb and skill
  • dramaturgical leadership and season planning
  • production dramaturgy in translation
  • adaptation and new play development
  • interdisciplinary dramaturgy
  • play analysis in postdramatic and new media dramaturgy
  • social media and audience outreach.

Magda Romanska is Visiting Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dramaturgy at Emerson College, and Dramaturg for Boston Lyric Opera. Her books include The Post-Traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor (2012), Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology (2012), and Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism (2014).

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Robert Blacker looks at the past and future of American dramaturgy Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Contemporary new play dramaturgy in Canada Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Collaborative dramaturgy in Latin American theatre Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Documentary dramaturgy in Brazil Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The place of a dramaturg in twenty-first-century England  Download PDF
Chapter  7:  On German dramaturgy Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The making of La Dramaturgie in France Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Dramaturgy and the role of the dramaturg in Poland Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The new play dramaturgy in Russia Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Dramaturgy in post-revolution Iran Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Performing dramaturgy in Syria Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Official and unofficial dramaturgs Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Dramaturgy of separated elements in the experimental Japanese theatre Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Dramaturgy in Indian theatre Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Dramaturgy in Australia and the case of Avast and Doku Rai Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Dramaturgies in/of South Africa Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The dramaturg as globalist Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Freelance dramaturgs in the twenty-first century Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The National Theatre goes international Download PDF
Chapter  21:  From alienation to identity Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Intercultural dramaturgy Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The dramaturgical bridge Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Reading and (re)directing “racial scripts” on and beyond the stage Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Transcultural dramaturgy methods Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The dramaturgical process and global understanding Download PDF
Chapter  27:  European dramaturgy in the twenty-first century Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Dramaturgy on shifting grounds  Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Dramaturgy as skill, function, and verb Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Interactual dramaturgy Download PDF
Chapter  31:  The expansion of the role of the dramaturg in contemporary collaborative performance Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Who is the dramaturg in devised theatre? Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Finding our hyphenates Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Dramaturgy as a way of looking into the spectator’s aesthetic experience Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Dramaturgy as training Download PDF
Chapter  36:  The art of collaboration Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Dramaturgy in action … even if it’s not as a dramaturg Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Dramaturgs as artistic leaders Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Dramaturgical leadership and the politics of appeal in commercial theatre Download PDF
Chapter  40:  On dramaturgy and leadership Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Leadership advice to a dramaturgy student Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Season planning Download PDF
Chapter  43:  The dramaturg’s role in diversity and audience development Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Guthrie Theater’s debt to women and diversity Download PDF
Chapter  45:  Reimagining the literary office Download PDF
Chapter  46:  The National New Play Network Collaborative Literary Office Download PDF
Chapter  47:  A view from the bridge Download PDF
Chapter  48:  Lost in translation Download PDF
Chapter  49:  The dissemination of theatrical translation Download PDF
Chapter  50:  Literary adaptation for the stage Download PDF
Chapter  51:  Intermingling literary and theatrical conventions Download PDF
Chapter  52:  Research strategies in dramaturgical practice Download PDF
Chapter  53:  Dramaturg as context manager Download PDF
Chapter  54:  New play explorations in the twenty-first century  Download PDF
Chapter  55:  Thinking like an actor Download PDF
Chapter  56:  The youth respondent method Download PDF
Chapter  57:  Complex in-betweenness of dramaturgy and performance studies Download PDF
Chapter  58:  The dramaturg(ies) of puppetry and visual theatre  Download PDF
Chapter  59:  A method for musical theatre dramaturgy Download PDF
Chapter  60:  Borderless dramaturgy in dance theatre Download PDF
Chapter  61:  The role of the dramaturg in the creation of new opera works  Download PDF
Chapter  62:  Dramaturgy and film Download PDF
Chapter  63:  Phronesis for robots Download PDF
Chapter  64:  Dramaturgical design of the narrative in digital games  Download PDF
Chapter  65:  New media dramaturgy Download PDF
Chapter  66:  The science of dramaturgy and the dramaturgy of science Download PDF
Chapter  67:  Postdramatic dramaturgy Download PDF
Chapter  68:  Teaching deconstructively  Download PDF
Chapter  69:  EF’s visit to a small planet: Some questions to ask a play  Download PDF
Chapter  70:  Dramaturging non-realism Download PDF
Chapter  71:  On dramaturgy in contemporary dance and choreography Download PDF
Chapter  72:  Research, counter-text, performance Download PDF
Chapter  73:  The bead diagram Download PDF
Chapter  74:  Method for a new dramaturgy of digital performance Download PDF
Chapter  75:  Drametrics Download PDF
Chapter  76:  Parallel-text analysis and practical dramaturgies  Download PDF
Chapter  77:  Dramaturgy and the immersive theatre experience Download PDF
Chapter  78:  Barrack-dramaturgy and the captive audience Download PDF
Chapter  79:  Framing the theatrical experience Download PDF
Chapter  80:  Dramaturg as public relations manager Download PDF
Chapter  81:  Talkbacks Download PDF
Chapter  82:  Talkbacks for “sensitive subject matter” productions Download PDF
Chapter  83:  Dramaturgies for the digital age Download PDF
Chapter  84:  Digital engagement Download PDF
Chapter  85:  Digital dramaturgy and digital dramaturgs Download PDF
Chapter  86:  Can technology save theatre? Download PDF
Index_of_terms Download PDF
Index_of_names Download PDF
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